I know we talked diapers earlier, but this post is more in depth about the diapers that aren’t just diapers, but are diapering systems that are self-contained, which often proves an easier method for many.
What are All-in-Ones?
Coleen: All in ones go on just like a disposable diaper. They are one piece and don’t require stuffing. All in ones are convenient, easy to use and great to have in the diaper bag for a quick change when you are away from home. I am really impressed with the new Thirsties Duo all in ones.
What are All-in-Twos?
Coleen: All in twos have a soaker that snaps in to the diaper to help it dry faster than an all in one. Unlike some two part systems, the cover can’t be used more than once and you will need a brand new diaper for every change. Bottombumpers are an example of this style of diaper and are one of my favorites. They are trim fitting, super soft and available in Velcro, snap and one size.
What are Pocket Diapers?
Coleen: Pocket diapers have an opening for you to stuff in an absorbent insert. The outside of the diaper is a waterproof fabric and the inside of the pocket is usually made from a stay dry fabric like suedecloth or fleece. You just need to remove the insert from the pocket before putting them in the diaper pail. Pocket diapers are available in both sized and one size versions. FuzziBunz and bumGenius are very popular examples of this type of diaper but there are lots of other great brands to choose from.
Amy: I didn’t chime in on the AIO’s and AI2′s because I don’t own any; however, I do own a whole stash of FuzziBunz Pocket Diapers. These are my favorite diapers for traveling! However, I am looking into some All-In-Two’s for travel and grandparents as well. These really are the kind of diapers you need if Dad or Grandma are a little freaked out by cloth diapering.
Coleen: I also wanted to add that…. As your baby gets ready to potty train, there are lots of cloth options to make it easy!
How do I care for these kinds of diapers?
Coleen: They are easy to care for! I do a cold water rinse, a hot water wash with detergent, followed by an extra rinse. You want to be careful not to use too much detergent as it can build up and cause odors.
Amy: I do the same wash routine as Coleen. I do want to clarify that you need to separate the inserts from the diapers, don’t use traditional diaper rash cream on any of your cloth diapers (I’ll do a post on this later on), and make sure they are dried thoroughly. More on that here…
Is it hard to get AIOs thoroughly clean and thoroughly dry?
Coleen: Some may take a little longer to dry, but most have been redesigned to allow for better cleaning and quicker drying.
What are the best stuffers for pocket diapers?
Coleen: Most pocket diapers come with microfiber inserts, but there are several other kinds available. If your baby is a heavy wetter, you might try adding a hemp insert for extra absorbency. In fact, Thirsties Duo Diapers include a microfiber/hemp combination insert that works very well. FuzziBunz Elite one size come with soft, minky inserts. You could even try bamboo inserts or stuff a pocket diaper with a cotton prefold.
Amy: If you can stuff it in a diaper and it is even remotely absorbent, I’ve used it! I really like hemp inserts and I LOVE the minky inserts; however, I’ve been known to go to the store and buy shop towels (you know those absorbent microfiber ones) and stuff those in there too! And yes, prefolds are great as well!
Why would I want to use these diapering methods?
Coleen: These diapering methods are very convenient and may offer a trimmer fit than prefolds. With all the different styles and brands available you are sure to find one that works for you.
Amy: These diapering systems are most like disposables. If you have nightmares about cloth diapering, yet still want to try it, this would be a good place to start. They do cost more, but you are paying for convenience and ease of use.
I’ll be adding to this series throughout the year, but this is a good start. Let me know if there are any other cloth diapering topics you would like to see discussed!
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